The title refers to the nine strokes of a church bell to announce the death of a man. In this adaptation of Dorothy L. Sayers's intricate, nostalgic, and atmospheric novel of the same name,... See full summary »
Paired with her reliable and devoted chauffeur, Mrs Bradley's finely honed skills of investigation seek out the truth behind the mysteries surrounding a death at the opera, crimes of passion at a circus, poisoning and family secrets.
I love this miniseries so much. I think it is such a shame that more episodes starring Petherbridge and Walter were never made.
The stories are very well done and there is a solid supporting cast. The reason I love this series so much though and return to it again and again, is for Peter and Harriet's relationship. Peter saves her and falls in love, but she feels indebted to him and although she loves him she doesn't want to admit it. Petherbridge and Walter are perfect together and do such a good job of conveying the characters feelings for one another.
I have seen the Ian Carmichael series and for me it is not as good as the Petherbridge version. Petherbrige conveys Wimsey's intellect, but he also makes him funny, charming and tragic in a way. Carmichael's Peter just comes across as dull.
Gentleman sleuth, Lord Peter Wimsey(Edward Petherbridge)solves crimes with the aid of his loyal manservant Bunter(Richard Morant). Peter saves the life of novelist Harriet Vane(Harriet Walter)and falls in love with her. Harriet likes him but doesn't seem able to return his feelings. The pair keep getting brought back together solving crimes and mysteries, the more time they spend together the more their feelings for one another grow.
A very enjoyable mystery series. Petherbridge gives possibly a career best performance, I wish he had played Peter in more episodes.
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